Originally published in The News-Press by Chad Gillis, Amy Bennett Williams and Karl Schneider on August 21, 2019

Hundreds of politicians, business leaders, agency heads and environmental advocates met Wednesday in Bonita Springs to try to find solutions to Southwest Florida’s water woes.

The 2019 Save Our Water Summit, hosted by The News-Press and Naples Daily News, drew about 600 people to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.

Gov. Ron DeSantis was at the top of a long list of impressive speakers, including Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Noah Valenstein from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“It was very clear to me years ago that this was an issue that really affected a really, really broad cross-section of people in our state,” DeSantis told the crowd. “I said ‘Let’s just go after it and not hold back and swing for the fences.'”

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